Miller Grove gets ‘biggest win in school history’ in victory over Stephenson

Miller Grove, that’s the basketball school, right? Don’t tell that to Stephenson.

Saturday’s upset of the third-ranked Jaguars still stings in Stone Mountain.

Ken Allen threw four touchdown passes and Xavier Johnson returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the football Miller Grove Wolverines, who defeated Stephenson 32-29 in a Region 6-AAAAA game at Panthersville Stadium.

Miller Grove is a state power in basketball. The boys team has won four straight state titles, and the girls team won state last spring to give the school a sweep of Class AAAA.

Meanwhile, the football team has never made the playoffs. The 6-4 finish in 2011 matched the school’s best mark since a 6-4 finish in 2009 under coach Jasper Jewell.

But Jewell, who started Miller Grove’s football program in 2005, resigned in the summer before before the 2010 opener to take a job in the athletics department of Atlanta Public Schools.

It took nearly seven weeks for the school to settle on Damien Wimes, defensive coordinator at Southwest DeKalb, as the replacement – just days before the opening game.

‘’I knew if I could get through that first year, we could be successful here,’’ Wimes said. “The seniors weren’t buying in, and I could understand why. That first year we started eight sophomores and a freshman. Then [in 2011] we brought in my staff. You just have to go off faith and make it happen.’’

Not surprisingly, Miller Grove slumped to 3-7. In the next off-season, Wimes, 39, hired an offensive coordinator (Lance Davenport) and defensive coordinator (Quinton Burrell), with whom he had coached at Southwest DeKalb, Wimes’ alma mater. The ‘11 team got to 6-4.

The 2012 team lost its second game to Mays 34-7 and didn’t figure to threaten Stephenson despite a 5-1 record going in.

Stephenson led 21-6 late in the first half with Miller Grove’s only points coming on a kickoff return by Xavier Johnson. Quarterback Ken Allen threw four touchdown passes to lead the comeback, one a 30-yarder to Jonquavious McBride on the final play of the first half to cut the lead to 21-12.

Stephenson took its final lead, 29-26, by returning a kickoff for a touchdown with 10:56 left. But Miller Grove drove 85 yards for the winning score, a 22-yard TD pass from Allen to Xavier Hopkins midway in the quarter. Allen’s other touchdown passes went to Chris Berry and Hopkins.

Miller Grove ran out the final four minutes of the game.

The outcome caused a three-way tie among Stephenson, Tucker and Miller Grove at 5-1 in Region 6 behind 6-0 M.L. King.

Stephenson had just come off a 13-6 victory over 2011 Class AAAAA champion Tucker.

“It’s probably the biggest win in school history,’’ Wimes said. ‘’I knew we had a chance at it because we had the off week and got everybody healthy, and they’d played Tucker and got an emotional win. We’re dealing with teenagers. We felt if we could keep it close through the first half and match their intensity, we could do it. I really think we’ve got a chance to beat Tucker, too.’’

On Friday, Miller Grove plays Tucker at Adams Stadium while Stephenson plays M.L. King at Hallford Stadium.

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Left Coast Dawg

October 21st, 2012
9:53 pm

Thought it would be competitive but didn’t think MG would pull it out. Also, didn’t know an old friend of mine was the OC at MG. I guess SWD is the odd team out now in 6-5A.

Camden74

October 21st, 2012
9:54 pm

And wouldn’t you know, it comes against a pretender like Stephenson! You’re up, JAB. :-)

K-man

October 21st, 2012
10:16 pm

Camden74……you are certainly right…..pretender is the correct word! I`ve seen them play twice this year , and I couldn`t tell if the b-team was playing or not! Then their bloggers had the audacity to brag about beating Tucker last week…..where are they now?

Big-Dog

October 21st, 2012
10:30 pm

Bucks old player from SWD trying to get it done at MG, that’s alright……..

Camden74

October 21st, 2012
10:46 pm

K-man…..Be careful, JAB and the Stephenson faithful will be coming after you!….LOL…….. :-)

K-man

October 21st, 2012
11:05 pm

JAB and the STEPHENSON faithful should be going after their coach….lets get real…..they need another TRUE leader and to give somebody else A chance at it…..how many years are they going to allow the same thing to happen…..( go 9-1 or 10-0 and lose in the 1st round ) year after year after year! Tell me I`m lying and prove me wrong!

mr. johnson

October 21st, 2012
11:53 pm

If Miller Grove threw the ball effectively vs. Stephenson I can only imagine how its gonna be vs. MLK…. They are a more polished passing team than any I’ve seen in Dekalb… Stephenson has some serious issues in their secondary if they have a freshman starting at corner…

Camden74

October 22nd, 2012
12:42 am

Mr. Johnson……..J.J.Green started at DB as a freshman for Camden County High School in 2009. :-D

True Blue

October 22nd, 2012
3:29 am

K-Man , we know that you wish that your coach care about your player more than just playing football for him. You see at Stephenson Coach Gartrell is more than just a coach. Just like Coach Godfrey over at SWD. You see they represent Dekalb County Athletic Department real nice , because of what they have accomplish nationally. You see Stephenson have Coaches that care about their players that’s why our players do so well at the next level. Even though everybody outside of Stephenson want Gartrell fired but yet everybody is trying to move into the Stephenson Community so their son can get look at by FBS and FCS schools. Our 2 and 3 Strings get scholarship but we have bad coaching . Hell look at UGA , Auburn, VT. Their Coaches makes million , where in DC a Head Coach makes 6,400.00 year round. Stephenson must be doing something right because the big school always there. Plus , I know for a fact that Gatrell and Godfrey have help players from other schools around Metrio Atlanta get scholarship. And as long as they are doing this we can care less . What other people think about our program. We know you wish your school did the same for your kids like Stephenson Coaches.do for our Seniors.

KING IS HERE

October 22nd, 2012
8:07 am

OH how i love it! Stephenson with another video about MLK, You say you hates us but yet again you still talking about us. I say it last year and i will say it again this year Let’s look at the real video tape on Friday at Halford Stadium

KING IS HERE

October 22nd, 2012
8:08 am

Congrats Miller Grove for digging the grave for Stephenson for us now we will burying them on Friday!!!!!

Crash001

October 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

TrueBlue – I am in the Stephenson circle and Coach G. cares about the kids and assist in scholarship but he is horrble when it comes to X’s & O’s. AGAIN he is not a good coach and neither is Buck G. Some of these kids are going to get scholarships to FBS schools either way because they are that good. Example, Tucker has less talent but you see what good coaching does (win 2 state titles and in the mixed for two more in 4 years) enough said.

sportsnut

October 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

@ Your Highness74 == please let some of these posters have a decent time talking about their teams. You always seem to show up and have nothing positive to say. Give it a break already ! Be positive for a change and let everyone know you are a football fan and not a zealot only for your school. I told you, there are others playing good football and it is not always about Camden.

Tiger4Life

October 22nd, 2012
10:37 am

@king is here

Thats classic, kick a little dirt on them for me. Then if we win out we are region Champs !!!

dekalbcounty football

October 22nd, 2012
1:10 pm

I understand Tiger4life but the 2 biggest word in english language is “IF”! We do have confidenence in our team MLK. That is why we talk very little but bring the WOOD! Good Luck to every team this weekend!!!!

Camden74

October 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

sportsnut……..Take care of your post and I’ll take care of mine……..Don’t be concerned about what I post for someone else……. :-)

Double Standard

October 22nd, 2012
1:32 pm

We you have open competition for positions and put the best 22 on the field regardless of grade you will have a good program. Northside, Warner Robins has been doing this for years and their program and record speaks for itself.

KShake

October 22nd, 2012
1:46 pm

@ Camden, why pile on Stephenson and your not even in the same clasification with them. What’s true is Stehnson & SW Dekalb put more young men in college than ANY other schools, Sure you’ll probabaly celebrate a state championship in December but those schools celebrate every National signing day in February and that’s the number one priority to the parents in those communities. Tucker has benefited from playing in a smaller region than Stepheson and just imagine if Dekalb stopped holding these schools athletic departments bugets’ hostage. and imagine if they never made a seperate school MLKing and they made larger schools with better facilities, WITH THEIR OWN STADIUMS, What if (big What if) they had just made a bigger? I have a bad habit of criticizing them as “Big Band Schools”, but even that, is all about scholarship opportunities for the kids. If the Dekalb Athletic depatrment tore down those shared stadiums and allowed the schools like Stephenson, Tucker, ML King, Miller Grove, Arabia Mountain, Cedar Grove, and SW Dekalb to build their own stadiums and play their games on campus, they’d have more success in the playoffs. It’s an embarrasment that our defending state champ Tucker, has to ply their home football games10 miles away at a DUMP like Adams Stadium! The Tucker community would love and embrass having their home football games right their in Tucker on their nice, new campus (which there IS room for a stadium). Think about how little the coches are paid in comparison to other places (ie Coach Stephens at Tucher left for Lamar County, and I’d bet pay, booster club, SCHOOLS facilites, & stadium had a lot to do with it)

Camden74

October 22nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Kshake……There you go! One more person that doesn’t have a clue as to my opinions on Stephenson. JAB and I have been going back and forth for the last couple of years about Stephenson. This is the first time in the past couple of years that Stephenson has not been in the highest classification. My opinion is, if you have all of this great talent, why play in a lower classification, why not play up? There’s something ALL Stephenson Fans need to understand, there are plenty of schools who send players to college! Stephenson is not the only school who’s coaches make a real effort to get scholarships for their student athletes! The difference with Stephenson is, they don’t do much with all of the talent they have! :-)

True Blue

October 22nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Crash001,Do your homework, if he such a bad coach. Why do you see his former players playing their freshman year in college. He might not make the best decision at crucial times of the game, but his players are prepared for the next level. Plus, so you telling me they would get scholarship anyway. You can tell you dont know what going on with procedure and process you go thru to be eligible for the next level. Which alot of parents dont know. Plus Tucker kept their best 11 on the field at all time. Stephenson don’t do that, Gatrell has had teams where he could have kept his best 11 on the field. But he chose to give everybody a chance to play. We at Stephenson love it when people talk about our program on the negative side. They are always saying our coach can’t coach, but him and Coach Buck must be a Helluva Teacher of the Game, because when a recruiter come to Metro Atlanta they make sure they stop by Stephenson.

rwdekalb

October 22nd, 2012
3:36 pm

I believe Raymond Sanders was a graduate of Stephensen and is starting running back for Kentucky, just played this past Saturday.

darius

October 22nd, 2012
4:56 pm

everybody under estimated miller grove but watch when we play tucker its gone be another shocker

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
5:28 pm

@ Camden74, I’m just watching as you make no nonsense out of yourself man, Lol., you are too funny! Stephenson is and always has been a quality team, So sorry you country boys can’t get D1 scholarship (HAAA-TERS) We just knocked off the defending state champions the week before; I was at the game against MG. they could not move the ball on Stephenson, not until they started throwing the ball on a very young secondary, that’s when they scored!! I’m not making any excuses but don’t you think that (ALL) the coaches saw that. They will have them boys ready to play and defend the pass this week, that’s what quality coaches do! You just (Camden74) worry about the butt whooping that you are going to get if you a Gwinnett team in the playoff, yeah we are playing in the toughest division in Georgia HS football, the SEC of high school football ball, YOU HEARD!! ;)

True Blue

October 22nd, 2012
5:31 pm

Camden 74, Stephenson supports have never said anything like we the only school that send kids to school. All we have said is that our Coaches help prepare our Players for the next level.AJC was surprise when out of 32 seniors 29 signed on signing day in 2010. 22 signed in 2011 and 27 signed in 2012. So what school does what Stephenson do. We know we have other schools in Dekalb that does a great job, but outside of Dekalb County. What county can compete with us when it come to signing on National Signing Day. Dekalb had over 145 Seniors sign on NSD. You know DC Head Coaches makes 6,400.00 a year coaching. They are the lowest paid coaches in the State but they go way over and do a excellent job with our kids. Why do you think parents are trying to get their kids at schools like Tucker , Stephenson , MG, MLK and SWD , because they have Coaches who care about kids reaching their Goals and they teaches them to be young men.

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
5:36 pm

@ True Blue, They (ALL) are haters, so what Stephenson hasn’t won a state championship team yet! This still might be the year. LISTEN TO ALL HATERS’ Stephenson is still a relatively young school, other than the first 2 years when they didn’t play a region schedule, this school has made the playoff, played up when they didn’t have the numbers, put more athletes in D1 School, won 2 State girls basketball championship, a state track championship, but back to football: @ has the biggest fan base in the state, yeah I’m talking about you “HATERS”, you are fans in a negative way. Our Football championship is coming, Hey Camden74 out of your school history what is the ration or percentage that your school made the playoff…

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
5:41 pm

@ KING IS HERE, not this year, not this time, last year and the year before they (Stephenson) was undefeated both times, this year they already lost and got a lot to prove. You gonna have some fired up Jaguars on Friday night, can’t wait, I’m gonna sit on MLK side just like I did with Tucker so I can see the faces after you lose. My prediction Stephenson 24 MLK 7… ;)

Big-Dog

October 22nd, 2012
5:41 pm

KShake-I agree with what your saying about the Dekalb school stadium situation. But at this point it will be hard for “SOME” of the schools/booster clubs to raise the $ to build and continue successful operations of those facilities, not enough strong corporate businesses and community support. That model would have been better in Dekalb during the decades of 70’s-80’s. REMEMBER I SAID SOME SCHOOLS & BOOSTERS IN DEKALB

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
5:43 pm

Well said True Blue, they don’t know! YOU HEARD…..
;)

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
5:48 pm

@ darius, Nobody under-estimated MG, they are a part of that super SEC region 6AAAAA, just want the top 4 teams that comes out of the region to beat the you know what out of everybody they play…

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
5:51 pm

Jab,
Let’s be real Stephenson only beat Tucker cause 2 of their top 3 rushers were suspended. Had Tudor played that’s 2 tds right there alone. Farrar was also out against Stephenson. Take 2 leading rushers off any run oriented team and u will see less production. We had no chance to adjust as the suspensions happen the week of the game. Wait till the playoffs and we wil see what happens

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
5:53 pm

I meant Yusif Minor. These damn smart keys on the phone sucks

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Jab that championship will not happen this yr. We have 2. Get like us!!

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
5:57 pm

We R Tucker!! Watch what we do to Miller Grove this week

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
6:20 pm

dboy scott, Tucker have been around before Methuselah was born and has finally won 2 state championship under coach Stephens, your 2 running backs wouldn’t have made a difference; Stephenson held Tucker total offense under 175 yrds. get over it1 they lost to the better team; i thought that you guys had put that lost behind you. Stephenson is still a new school and will have their first state ring this year! YOU HEARD…. ;)

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
6:31 pm

Jab,
It doesn’t matter how long a school has been around. You sum how equating that to football playoff wins?? Bad analogy homie. Plus Tucker came up in the mid to late 90’s wit the M to M program. Loss to the better team?? Please Yall scored 13 points with all ur guns loaded. We missing atleast 200 yards of offense and 3 td. Go ahead and brag about that little victory with a * by it. The playoff start and u will see us again if Yall make it far enough. We know how Stephenson disappears come End of Nov and Dec. Lol

stephensonfinest531

October 22nd, 2012
6:31 pm

we beat MLK this week to put us back in the drivers seat

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
6:32 pm

Jab,
Come to Tucker High and I will show u how championships rings look in real life! Lol

Camden74

October 22nd, 2012
6:35 pm

JAB, True Blue and ALL Stephenson Supports: I have NEVER said Stephenson did not have quality teams. But I did say Stephenson did not have Championship Team nor a Championship Program. Do you understand the difference? With all the talented players Stephenson has had over the years, it’s a dang shame Stephenson hasn’t won a State Title.I know it and you all know it! What you all fail to understand is that it takes more than talent to win a State Title. But you know, I’m not going to even attempt to go any further with this, because it will be a waste of time. Bottom line, if the talented players at Stephenson were at some other schools, I won’t mention the names, they would be a dynasty! But since you all are only concerned about scholarships and NOT championships, keep on doin whatcha been doin and gettin whatcha been gettin, nuff said! :-)

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
6:36 pm

Stephenfinest,
Yall will not beat MLK. But Tucker will the following week bet that. Also beat Tucker don’t lose another game this yr. Everybody knows Gatrell can’t coach a pop warner football and win a championship

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
6:38 pm

@Camden74 u can’t talk championship language to teams that never reached that status. It’s like speaking guapanese to broke people. They won’t comprehend.

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
6:41 pm

@ KING IS HERE, where is the video that Stephenson has made? What’s the name of it” I look for it on youtube but couldn’t find it…

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
6:43 pm

I hope stephenson not making videos again..Lmaof….Coming off of a loss too. Lolol..Their program is a joke and so is the fan base

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
7:13 pm

dboy go take a seat man! You lost to Stephenson! You looooooooooooooost….. Enough said!!!

Camden74

October 22nd, 2012
7:53 pm

dboy scott……I know it’s waste of time, that’s why I just left it alone……. :-)

dekalbcountyfootball1

October 22nd, 2012
7:54 pm

I am amazed how Stephenson supporters talk about how young they are in football. That is why they have not won a State Championship, but the girls basketball has won a state championship! You can’t have have it both ways!!

dekalbcountyfootball1

October 22nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Will Tucker RB’s be back soon? Why did Stepenson make another video? MLK has a dream this year..

JAB

October 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

@ dekalbcountyfootball1, don’t know where you guys are coming from or what planet you are on, nobody making any excuse for Stephenson youth, all was said is that; they play their young players to give them playing time. In case you guys don’t understand in GDE (Georgia Department of Education) you are teachers 1st, you educate. Stephenson coaches do an excellent job in getting their kids scholarships especially D!. Dang, the season is only midway through, they lost to a good fired up MG team, this still is a very young program. Tucker bloggers got on here talking about “We are Tucker tigers winners of 19 straight”, Stephenson ended all of that @ you guys really are big fans of Stephenson, we appreciate all of your love. @ dboy scott you sound like a reject who couldn’t make the cut for Stephenson football team, so you changed your address and still couldn’t make Tucker , so you finally gave up and said; “what the heck, can’t be with em so I might as well support em” . I added it up and see why all of these bloggers are so jealous of Stephenson. Stephenson has a 92.7% of winning since the school has opened up. None of you can say that about your school…;)

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
8:31 pm

Jab,
If I sound like that to u then u sir are a bad judge of character. I actually went to Tucker got a full Scholy to UGA and played. Now pick ur face up off tha ground and start over. What Dekalbcountyfootball1 was talking about ur excuse for Stephenson not winning was because the school is newer than other schools in dekalb co which is a poorest excuse by the way. Stephenson been in existence since 97. Who cares about ur percentage wit no titles. Our percentage is pretty great plus we have 2 rings.

dboy scott

October 22nd, 2012
8:34 pm

@DCOF#1 No Yusif has been dismissed from the team but Farrar #13 should be back this week.

Get It Done

October 22nd, 2012
8:41 pm

Stephenson fans stop making excuses and demand leadership of the football program to GET IT DONE. To much talent to underachieving, heck in the better days of SWD program when they had more marque talent Buck would at least get his teams to the quarter’s n semi’s every year. Once again TIME TO GET IT DONE…..